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Victorian Jewelry: VJ132

EXOTIC EGYPTIAN ADORNMENT ( Victorian Jewelry Egyptian Revival Scarab Cross ): This amazing Antique Scarab Beetle Cross (the actual beetle preserved) demonstrates the lure of the exotic that permeated Victorian Jewelry design. (c. 1860-80) In 1867 the Suez Canal was opened and the Egyptian Revival was well and truly launched. Egyptians worshipped the Scarab Beetle as a symbol of the sun-god. This was the kind of beetle that rolled its food into the shape of a ball and pushed it along the ground. In this action the Egyptians saw a parallel to the sun, pushed across the sky in a similar way. The Victorian fascination with nature made these symbolic bugs a perfect choice for self adornment. Six green iridescent beetles form a captivating cross that is both colorful and appealing. The back of the cross has an open setting so that you can see the details of their undersides. The claw setting is probably gilt. Although this cross may appear fragile, the beetles are really quite hard, lightweight and easy to wear. Radiant with a touch of mystery, this intriguing cross will be a conversation piece where ever you go. Condition: Excellent. Size: 2 1/4 long, 1 1/2 wide, 1/4 deep.

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